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FDA regulations on flies, maggots and our food

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If you sit down to lunch at your favorite restaurant and notice a bunch of wiggly white critters exploring your spaghetti will you go back for seconds?

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow many fly eggs and maggots can you tolerate in your food? One, five, ten, more? If you sit down to lunch at your favorite restaurant and notice a bunch of wiggly white critters exploring your spaghetti will you go back for seconds? Continue reading →

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4 observations when leading through change

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Leading in time of change

The longer you wait to gain greater numbers of risk averse people into your critical mass, you will lose your critical moment.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anagement genius Peter Drucker wrote in Management Challenges for the 21st Century:

Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes — it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.

Fewer things are more difficult than leading an organization through change. Leading through change in periods of upheaval should come with battle pay. Good transitional leadership is priceless. To borrow from Jim Collins it should have a Level 5 designation all its own. Continue reading →

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Wendell Berry on personal responsibility

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A man who is willing to undertake the discipline and the difficulty of mending his own ways is worth more to the conservation movement than a hundred who are insisting merely that the government and the industries mend their ways.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any people champion personal responsibility when it is absent in others. But what about personal, personal responsibility? Continue reading →

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10 Random Thoughts–01.02.14

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If the government wants to send food to needy areas of the world it should not create a bounty for agribusiness while doing so.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]peech is not free if the government allows corporations to do its suppressive dirty work. When speech is systematically stifled by suspensions, warnings, firings or rebukes, it is functionally as effective as an arrest. Continue reading →

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One atheist challenged by the faith of prostitutes and junkies

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Chris Arnade

Soon I saw my atheism for what it is: an intellectual belief most accessible to those who have done well.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen American Christians say Jesus is the savior of prostitutes, druggies and thieves, I daresay this is not what they have in mind… Continue reading →

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Twas the morn after Christmas

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I have the memory of a future hope and it recurs the morn after Christmas.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nd another Christmas is gone.

I have a vague memory of being at my Granny’s and PawPaw’s house on a Christmas day. We had driven over from my Nana’s and Granddaddy’s house, which was not unusual. We spent many a Christmas away from our own house. Continue reading →

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Random thoughts about Christmas

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We've probably spent upward of $1,200 on live Christmas trees in the past 30 Christmases. There's something to be said for fakery.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hether or not a person recognizes the Christ-centered nature of Christmas, the virtuous ideals displayed during the season–generosity, love, peace, family, compassion, serving others–are a microcosm of the kingdom of God. Continue reading →

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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem [IMAGES]

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How things have changed since Joseph's and Mary's journey.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nd Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David…

Luke’s Gospel, 2:4 (HCSB)

How things have changed since Joseph’s and Mary’s journey.

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What are the 12 days of Christmas?

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the twelve days of Christmas

No, not the song about golden rings, true loves, and turtle doves. The history of the 12 days.

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o, not the song about golden rings, true loves, and turtle doves. The history of the 12 days of Christmas.

Today the 12 days are equated with a song about buying gifts, but it has not always been so. Nor do the 12 days of Christmas lead up to Christmas as is most commonly understood. Initially, the 12 days were a calendar bridge for the differing dates of the Christmas celebration, December 25 in the West vs January 6 in the East.

An article in Biblical Archaeology on dating the birth of Christ states:

By the fourth century, however, we find references to two dates that were widely recognized—and now also celebrated—as Jesus’ birthday: December 25 in the western Roman Empire and January 6 in the East (especially in Egypt and Asia Minor). The modern Armenian church continues to celebrate Christmas on January 6; for most Christians, however, December 25 would prevail, while January 6 eventually came to be known as the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the arrival of the magi in Bethlehem. The period between became the holiday season later known as the 12 days of Christmas.

So there you have it. There is still time to organize your geese, french hens, leaping lords, milk maidens and the rest of it.

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